Cook Time: 14 Minutes
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a large bowl mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cayenne pepper. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or two forks until crumbly. Gradually add milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Dough should be sticky. Do not overwork dough.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness with a floured rolling pin. Cut 12 biscuits with a 2 1/2-inch round biscuit cutter. Place biscuits in a cast iron skillet or hoecake pan that has been sprayed with a non-stick spray and brush tops with half of melted butter. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until lightly browned. Brush with remaining melted butter before serving.
While biscuits are baking, start gravy. In in large saute pan or cast iron skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat until browned and crumbly. Reduce heat to medium and add flour to sausage; mix thoroughly. Cook until flour browns, about 4 minutes stirring constantly. Add milk slowly and increase heat to medium-high. Continue to stir. Add hot sauce, pepper and salt. As the gravy comes to a boil, it will thicken. If too thick, add additional milk. After boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and add butter.
To serve place two of the buttermilk biscuits on each plate and top with sausage gravy and garnish with freshly cracked pepper.
For a great twist, serve the biscuits on top of a bed of steamed fresh spinach.
Recipe and photo by Smithfield.
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My BIG boys love this sausage gravy! I add a dose of juice from the pickled jalpeno jar!!! Try it you will love the added flavor.Not hot ,just tangy.
This is just like what my grandma would make when she'd stay with me and make breakfast while growing up in Indiana. I have made this (minus hot sauce) so many times for special occasions in my family, and everyone just falls in love with it. There is something about soft, homemade biscuits and creamy sausage gravy that makes you feel so good. I usually make eggs on the side and some fried potatoes. Not a healthy breakfast, but if you want a special breakfast that reminds you of family, this is it for me. Glad it's one of your favorites, Paula!
I just love Paula, I use to watch her shows all the time until my husband died. I fell on real hard times & can't afford the cable bill. I wish I lived next door to her, I think we'd be great friends. I love all of her recipes, I use to try them out on my husband, but now it's just me so I don't cook very much in the same way. Thanks a lot Paula, you are such a joy to watch.